Kanshudo Component Builder
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By default the Component Builder shows the most common Joyo kanji components (ie, components which are themselves Joyo kanji, or which are used in at least 3 other Joyo kanji). Select an alternative set of components below.

For details of all components and their English names, see the Component collections.
Kanshudo Component Builder Help
For detailed instructions, see the Component builder how to guide.
To find any kanji, first try to identify the components it is made up of. Once you have identified any component, search for it in any of three ways:
  1. Draw it in the drawing area
  2. Type the name in the text area
  3. Look for it in the list
Example: look up 漢
  • Notice that 漢 is made of several components: 氵 艹 口 夫
  • Draw any of these components (one at a time) in the drawing area, and select it when you see it
  • Alternatively, look for a component in the list. 氵 艹 口 each have three strokes; 夫 has four strokes
  • If you know the meanings of the components, type any of them in the text area: water (氵), grass (艹), mouth (口) or husband (夫)
  • Keep adding components until you can see your kanji in the list of matches that appears near the top.
Kanshudo Component Builder Drawing Help
The Kanshudo Component Builder can recognize any of the 416 components listed in the chart below the drawing area. Tips:
  • Draw a component in the center of the area, as large as you can
  • Try to draw the component as it appears in the kanji you're looking up
  • Don't worry about stroke order or number of strokes
  • Don't draw more than one component at a time
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Point of interest: 足(あし)

足(あし) - foot or leg?
171 words
is used to refer to both 'foot' and 'leg', so without context, it can sometimes be unclear which is being referred to, or how to specify which you mean!
In some cases, the context makes the choice more straightforward:

My sister has long legs.
It is certainly possible the sister has 'long feet', but rather unlikely.

He touched the water with his foot.
It would be hard to touch the water with your leg first.

Her broken leg has not healed yet.
In this case, however, without further context, we cannot be sure whether it was a broken foot or a broken leg.
For this reason, it is often necessary to use a more specific body part to pin things down - so it's helpful to know the words for ankle (
(literally, 'neck of the leg'), calf (ふくらはぎ), knee (ひざ) and thigh (もも) for example.
One delightful 足-based phrase is the word for 'toes' -
(literally, 'the fingers of your foot'). When we refer to the fingers of the hand, it is not uncommon to hear
, but it is not at all necessary.

Kanji used in this point of interest

ソク   あし foot; leg   た to add   た    たりる to be sufficient   
シュ   くび neck; head   
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シ   ゆび finger   さ to point   
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シュ   hand   て    た-    
マイ   いもうと younger sister   
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チョウ   なが long   
ヒ   かれ he   
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スイ   みず water   
ショク   ふれる    さわ to touch   
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ジョ   ニョ   ニョウ   woman; female   おんな woman   め woman   
コツ   ほね bone   
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セツ   お to break, fold   おり opportunity; fold   おれる to break (intr), be folded, yield   
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ジ   チ   おさめる to govern   おさまる to be at peace   なお to get better   なお to cure   
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